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Miss USA was Right about Rights

May 17th, 2017 4 comments

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The newly-crowned Miss USA is already in the hot seat.

Kara McCullough, of the District of Columbia, is black, beautiful and brilliant. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, with a concentration in Radiochemistry from South Carolina State University in 2013. While in college, she was a member of the school’s Honors College, the American Chemical Society, the Health Physics Society, the American Association of Blacks in Engineering and the American Nuclear Society. She’s currently serving as a scientist with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

So why is she under attack?

She had the audacity to suggest that healthcare was a privilege and not a right. And from a biblical perspective, she is absolutely correct.

So how are we to determine the difference between privileges and rights?

Every election cycle we hear politicians, especially those on the Left, inventing a new list of “rights” for each and every citizen. Following in the political tradition of FDR, they declare

the right to a good education…

the right to healthcare…

the right to own a home…

the right to a good paying job…

and the list continues to grow with each passing year. In fact, what decent person could argue against the pursuit of each of these noble political aspirations?

But herein lays the problem. None of the aforementioned political goals is properly defined as a “right.” When our Founders drafted our Declaration of Independence, they had a clear understanding of the meaning and source of the rights of all men. In the words of our framers,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

In fact, Thomas Jefferson went on to say, “We do not claim these [inalienable rights] under the charters of kings or legislators, but under the King of Kings.”

If a “right” depends upon someone else’s money, service or work it’s not a right. It is properly a called a “good.”

Take education for an example. People have the God-given right NOT to be prevented from pursuing a good education; however, they do not have the right to that education. Why? Because an education is dependent upon the labor of others to provide that training.

You have the God-given right to your own property, however, you do not have the right to someone else’s goods. Claiming the “right” to the property of another is called stealing!

Let’s look at the current “right” to healthcare. While this remains a noble goal, you’ll eventually have to rob, through taxation, or enslave some citizens through penalties and fines for non-compliance, to secure this “right” for others.

You see, rights are not entitlements.

When goods are required from someone else to secure your “rights” you can be sure that someone else’s inalienable rights are being violated.

According to Miss USA, “For one to have health care, you have to have a job.” Because if you don’t, you’ll be forcing someone else to pay for your “right” and that’s just not right.

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